The Director, Building and Quantity Surveying, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mrs. Salma Mohammed, has said the ministry was pushing for a building code law to end the incessant building collapses in the country.
Already, she said the ministry has sent a bill for a law for building code to the National Assembly. When passed, she said it will only recognize and give approval to those with requisite knowledge in building and construction to handle projects.
Mrs. Mohammed assured Nigerians that if the code is approved non-professional won’t be part of the system.
Speaking with journalists at a function organised by the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) in Abuja, Mrs. Mohammed blamed the issue of building collapses on lack of professional knowledge by those that handled the projects.
She said with the building code law, the ministry will have more power to prosecute anyone behind a building that collapsed.
“When this building code bill is passed into law, any project that comes through the ministry, the contractor or handler must be held responsible, if there is any bad incidence, it must be well stamped”
The Director believe that if only those with the formal training are allowed to handle the work, there would be minimal cases of building collapse, or non will be recorded.
She explained that a builder must be a professional or one with the required educational background, adding that not every one that builds is a builder.
“A builder must be a person with the required experience and education, not just anybody seeing on the site or handling the projects,” she explained.
According to her, only those tested and trusted in the field should be given projects to handle or supervised.